It can be pretty difficult to have a healthy lifestyle with all of the yummy food tempting you especially here in the Metro Manila. As such, food establishments that focus on salads are on the rise to convince people to have a more balanced diet. Each restaurant has their own style to attract people to try it out and now, we tried out a newcomer that came in McKinley Hill. Meet Munch Roasts and Salads, a place that offers a healthy alternative to fast food.
Munch Roasts and Salads originated from Singapore and is currently trying to expand to other regions like the Philippines. Their premise is simple : “Eat No Evil“, or simply just eat more healthy food.
The place was bright and clean much like the other salad places I’ve been to. It was most likely because they wanted to promote clean and healthy food. Yes, it was a compact space, but there are still seats outside to accommodate more customers. According to the staff, it was designed this way because a lot of their customers preferred their food for to-go or for delivery.
From their restaurant name itself, Munch Roasts and Salads mostly offer salads and roasts, for those who want a hearty meal, but they also offer soup and sandwiches.
For their entrees and salad selection, it consists of sixteen (16) kinds. They change their offerings daily so customers have more choices to eat and to ensure the freshness of their food every day.
Having known that, we don’t mind eating here everyday for healthy meals.
The following three healthy meals below cost PhP 150 (0r 3.22 USD) for the SIDE (1 SALAD) and PhP 249 (or 5.35 USD) for the ENTREE (2 SALADS).
We started with CHICKEN PESTO PENNE. It was a typical pesto penne pasta but with shredded chicken, olives, and tomatoes. Eating the penne pasta itself tasted bland, but the chicken gave it flavor.
Next up is ORIENTAL CHICKEN SALAD. There were a lot of greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and chicken slices inside. We can also taste a bit of citrus vinaigrette inside so it was more flavorful this time around. Although it was a bit soggy because of the dressing, we can taste its freshness.
Last on the healthy list is the CHICKEN GRAPE WALNUT. Most of the ingredients found in this dish can already be figured out from its name with the addition of mayonnaise dressing surrounding it. This easily was our favorite out of the three since the combination of the ingredients was really delectable.
Moving on to Munch Roasts and Salad’s roasts.
We had their CHICKEN ROAST, PhP 165 (or 8.78 USD) for solo serving. This one is for those who are venturing out for a healthy alternative to the fast-food fried chicken. The chicken skin is still present and they offer a pepper sauce on the side, both of which are not available in the Singapore variant. This is to accommodate the Filipino’s taste buds when it comes to chicken and food in general.
Although I honestly don’t mind if there was no chicken skin on it, I was glad there was because eating the meat with the skin tasted so much better. I also thought that they nailed the way it was roasted and you don’t need the sauce to enjoy it as the meat itself was succulent.
For those who already have a healthy diet, Munch Roasts and Salads offer a skinless chicken breast part which you’ll just have to request. Its price is the same.
The next one was their Salmon Roast ( Php 245 / USD 5.27). It’s a tasty slab of Salmon meat roasted topped with fresh lemon and served with lemon and dill sauce on the side. It was well seasoned for us that we could eat it without the sauce.
And for those people who are keen on adding more taste in their chosen meal, Munch Roasts and Salads provide condiments and dressings.
We personally tried the Italian Dressing and Oriental Dressing since we were curious to its taste. The Italian dressing as it turns out is a vinaigrette type of salad dressing so yes it’s sour. Meanwhile, the Oriental dressing reminds us of the Japanese sesame sauce.
We also got to try their FRESHLY BREWED ICED LEMON TEA and LEMONADE, PhP 69 (or 1.48 USD). It was nothing spectacular but it was really refreshing and it goes well with the roasts.
Munch Roasts and Salads is Reasonable
Overall, we find Munch Roasts to be reasonable. We’re not saying it just because we are Megaworld Lifestyle Mall contributors. But really! Their salad selection is plenty enough and the price they are asking for justifies the quality of healthy food they offer. I’m pretty sure after you try Munch Roasts and Salads out, you’ll start eating less evil to build a healthy diet.
Munch Roasts and Salads
A-149 Ground Floor, Venice Grand Canal Mall, Upper McKinley Rd. Taguig City.
Operating Hours: 11AM to 11PM.